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African Heritage House

Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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African Heritage House
Ranked #3 of 154 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After years living in the area I had never heard of this place. We went for a day visit of the museum and not to stay. The house is beautiful in construction and the pieces very extensive. The owner is not that much a tour guide and mu h mire could be learned if more was shared. Nevertheless worth the... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

An amazing place to stay. Alan has built this up over 20+ years, and it is packed, top to bottom and in every bedroom, with arts, crafts and antiquities from all over Africa. Every room is different, and all are immensely stylish. It has featured in magazines worldwide, and for a good reason. Whilst not budget priced, by Nairobi standards... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The stay at African Heritage is without doubt one of our best memories from 2013! My sister and I arrived late at night and everything was darker than dark – so when Zak knocked on the door and served hot coffee I was knocked out by the interior, the morning light and view over Nairobi National Park. Magnificent. Two Australian... More

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Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We picked this house in which to stay because of its location (near the airport) and because it looked interesting, and because we needed somewhere to stay before and after our safari. From the time that Gideon (a private taxi operator, but one that Alan Donovan uses and recommends) met us at the airport to the time we left nearly... More

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Loughrea, Ireland
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We stayed here on our last night in Kenya so that we could be close to the airport for a next day flight. It truly is a unique place to stay and hard to believe that you are staying so close to the city! The views overlooking Nairobi National Park are terrific with a clear view of the infamous 4... More

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We were so fortunate to be booked into this guest house since it is convenient to Tambo Airport. The term 'guest house' doesn't begin to describe the museum that Alan Donovan has made his home into! Original sculpture, tribal art and costumes, jewelry, musical instruments and furniture abound in each room of the incredible home on a beautiful setting overlooking... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A trip to the African Heritage house is definitely very informative and it is quite interesting to listen to Alan Donovan speak about his adventures and expeditions all over this lovely continent. I however would recommend a day or afternoon trip as opposed to spending the night there. The rooms are cold and dark with tiny beds. I kept waking... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Alan Donovan's African arts and crafts collection is legendary and to be able to actually stay at his unique house and live amongst these treasures is an out of this world experience! His personal tour, with stories of his past exploits is amazing and his staff are very friendly and prepare great meals. The best time is early evening sitting... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

I have stayed in November 12 and April 13 and am going again next month . From bring collected from the airport by Gideon having a ten min drive to a place of wonder . It is a mixture of a home , a museum and a place of African luxury . Alan's collection of African art , artefacts and... More

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Newdelhi india
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 hotel reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This magical place is perched on a hill just opposite the Nairobi National Park.It has residential rooms to stay where one can feel like living & dining in a museum or like me book a table for dinner! Its owner Alan Donavon is a fascinating American who traveled all over Africa & collected with loving care & taste a treasure... More

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Address: Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Parkis described by the prestigious Architectural Digest as " a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration" Designed by American Alan Donovan, the house is a combination of architectural styles from across the continent. Tours of the house interior reveal the beauty of Africa's art and crafts. ... more   less 
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